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Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Return of the POY: Arkansas' Tayler Estrada

By Ben Rohrbach

The Gatorade State Girls Soccer Players of the Year spring selection process is in full swing, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for.

Name: Tayler Estrada
School: Bentonville (Ark.)

Grade: Junior
Position: Midfielder

2011 Goals: 8
2011 Assists: 10

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Arkansas Girls Soccer Player of the Year. Led the Tigers (17-2-3) to the 2011 Class 7A state championship match. Region III 1995 Olympic Development Program Team member. 2010 and 2011 Class 7A First Team All-State selection. 2010 Class A All-Tournament Team selection. 2010 7A West Conference Newcomer of the Year.

Academics: B-plus average
College: Undecided

Extracurricular activities: She has volunteered locally at a food bank and animal shelter and as a youth soccer coach.

Robert Parr, Director of Coaching for the Arkansas State Soccer Association: “Taylor Estrada is a fantastic player. She has a lot going for her. She’s very competitive, that’s something in the women’s game we’re always trying to get. She’s got the athletic package and the technical package. She’s a complete player.”

Each Gatorade State Player of the Year is challenged by thousands of fellow high school athletes. These are a few of the returning girls soccer underclassmen that also contended in 2010-11.

Caitlyn Carroll: Senior midfielder, Conway (Ark.)
Ashley Johnson: Senior forward, Conway (Ark.)
Bridget Lee: Junior forward, Mount St. Mary (Little Rock, Ark.

A dedicated ESPNHS POY team manages the Gatorade Player of the Year selection process and oversees all research, reporting, comparative analysis and criteria-compliance on the program’s behalf. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNHS recruit rankings.

To nominate a student-athlete for Player of the Year honors, contact the POY team at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.